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Color Feelings

Sundays, 3-5pm

Course Description

Color knits us into the physical world, shimmering on the edge of language. Color appears through relationships, and while it has “principles,” there are no hard and fast rules—therefor, every color must be approached within the specifics of its situation. Our weekly meetings will strive to widen our vocabulary for color experiences, our conversations like whetstones sharpening the blades of perception. This class will consist of “color encounters,” “color texts," and "color talks," as well as assignments/exercises to share and discuss with the group (both written and visual). “Color Feelings” is about the materiality and metaphysics of color, it’s mechanics and associations—as much about “language” as it is about “things.” Poets, critics and scholars are encouraged to join, in addition to painters, filmmakers, musicians, dancers, and any other interested sensual/intellectual persons.   
For the first meeting, January 25th:
Read Dave Hickey’s essay “Pontormo’s Rainbow.”
Come to class with three “color questions.” (What do you want to ask of color? Be as specific as possible: what do you want to know about color, and why?; what interests/delights/ disturbs you about color, and why?, etc.)


Jarrett Earnest & Nathlie Provosty

Jarrett Earnest is an artist and writer currently finishing a book of interviews with young artists in New York called "After the Doom." His unorthodox conversations with artists as diverse as Paul McCarthy, Genesis BREYER P-ORRIDGE, Christo and Roni Horn appear regularly in the Brooklyn Rail and San Francisco Art Quarterly among other places. He is a faculty member and Faculty Liaison for BHQFU. For more, visit
Nathlie Provosty is a visual artist based in New York. Recently she has collaborated with the musician Bryce Dessner on his album Aheym with the Kronos Quartet (2013), providing the album artwork, and with the poet Robert Kelly on the book The Color Mill, published by Spuyten Duyvil (fall 2014). For more, visit